The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
  • About this web log

    This blog ran from 2006 to 2016 and was intended as an objective and dispassionate source of information on the latest CAM research. Since my background is in pharmacy and allopathic medicine, I view all CAM as advancing through the development pipeline to eventually become integrated into mainstream medical practice. Some will succeed while others fail. But all are treated fairly here.

  • About the author

    John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

  • Common sense considerations

    The material on this weblog is for informational purposes. It is not medical advice or counsel. Be smart, consult your health professional before using CAM.

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    Are psychological treatments effective for fibromyalgia pain?

    fibromyalgiaSome are effective, some are promising, according to researchers from the University of North Carolina, in Chapel Hill.

    First, the details.

    • There were 14 studies of cognitive-behavioral therapy and operant-behavioral therapy.
    • 5 studies of relaxation, biofeedback, and hypnotherapy
    • 2 of writing intervention

    And, the results.

    • The strongest research support for fibromyalgia pain is with cognitive-behavioral therapy and operant-behavioral therapy.
    • Relaxation as a single treatment has not been useful.
    • Hypnotherapy and writing intervention have mild treatment effects.
    • Psychological treatment is effective in fibromyalgia pain.
    • No studies of psychoanalytic therapy to treat fibromyalgia pain have been published.

    The bottom line?
    The authors believe more research is need.

    A more recent review came to the same conclusion due to the poor level of study design in available research

    11/20/09 20:38 JR; updated 6/29/11 JR

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